Maintaining Heirloom Seed Integrity

Until recent times, the Earth’s human population has been largely agrarian.

Maintaining Heirloom Seed Integrity

For thousands of years, the world’s farmers have been saving seeds for the next year’s crop, selecting plants suited to their environmental conditions and, in the process, creating what we term ‘landraces’ and a cornucopia of diversity in food plants.

Until shortly after the turn of the 20th century, all plant species were open pollinated. Gregor Mendel’s work with plant hybridisation...

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